Alec Baldwin wants turkey-less Thanksgiving, ignores other animals
Time was eager to share Alec Baldwin’s work advocating for Farm Sanctuary’s Adopt a Turkey project, even though it inappropriately puts the spotlight on only one of the cruel Thanksgiving traditions we are told to participate in (not to mention the holiday itself). We need to advocate for veganism, not just to cut out one animal product once a year.
Baldwin attempts to relate people to how a turkey can have dog-like characteristics, and makes himself seem more down to earth by talking about how he too doesn’t like to think about things that make him feel bad. But apparently, donating $30 will help clear that icky-feeling, and we can cover our eyes to people serving up other animals as the main course and various sides. We know turkeys get all the attention, but that doesn’t mean we should further ignore other animals.
The donated money goes towards supporting the life of six turkeys living out their days at one of the three Farm Sanctuary shelters in New York and California (no new turkeys are actually adopted). But as Baldwin points out, 46 million turkeys are served up a year – many more than any one charity could begin to tackle. The fact that the campaign is in it’s thirtieth year with turkey being no less popular shows it’s clear inefficiency at helping change societies perspective.
No less turkeys would be saved if Baldwin and Farm Sanctuary asked people to go vegan, and many more animals would. Not for a meal, not for a holiday, but forever. It would mean people not celebrating with the animal-laden gravy, stuffing, and the other items we’re told are required to be festive. Helping people pat themselves on the back for passing up a serving of animal products once in a blue moon is no different than Meatless Monday, reducetarianism, or any other campaign that takes people further from veganism because they think they’re doing enough already. We need to stop outsourcing action to others, and make the change in our own lives.